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Ukraine air defenses shoot down 14 Russian kamikaze drones of 15 (updated)

Remnants of Russia’s Shahed-series kamikaze drone rettrieved in Dnipro City after a Russian attack overnight into 28 March. Photo: Dnipropetrovsk Oblast City Council
Ukraine air defenses shoot down 14 Russian kamikaze drones of 15 (updated)

Overnight into 28 March, Russia attacked Ukraine with the Shahed-136/131 one-way strike drones, and guided air bombs. The Air Force Command initially reported that Ukrainian air defenses shot down 12 of 13 Shaheds, and the Granat-4 reconnaissance UAV. Later, Ukraine’s General Staff updated that 14 of Russia’s 15 launched Shahed UAVs were shot down. Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Authorities said one of three Shaheds targeting Dnipro hit a private enterprise in the city.

According to the Air Force Command, the Shahed attack was launched from the northern and northeastern directions, while two guided air bombs targeting Kherson Oblast were launched from the Russian Su-35 aircraft that took off from the Morozovsk airfield in Russia’s Rostov Oblast. In total, Russians launched 13 kamikaze drones, one reconnaissance UAV Granat-4, and two guided air bombs, according to the Air Force Command.

While the attack was still ongoing, Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat said that the Shaheds were shot down over the cities of Kyiv and Dnipro.

At about 1 a.m., the Kyiv City Military Administration reported that all the Shaheds that targeted Kyiv City were shot down. The wreckage of one of the drones crashed on a store in Kyiv’s Sviatoshynskyi district, causing a fire. Preliminarily, there were no casualties.


On the morning of 28 March, Serhii Lysak, chief of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Military Administration, wrote on Telegram that three Shaheds targeted Dnipro. Two were shot down, one managed to hit an enterprise in Dnipro City, causing a massive fire. No one was injured, he says.


According to the March 28 morning update by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in last night’s attack, Russia launched a total of 15 Shahed-series drones, and the Ukrainian air defenses destroyed 14 of them.

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